October 21, 2012

Next X-flick to be "Days of Future Past"?

Spinoff says that the new X-Men: First Class film (due in July 2014) will be based on the classic early 80s "Days of Future Past" story by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. If true, this could be the blockbuster of all comics films, at least in terms of plot. The comics detailed a dystopian future where the Sentinels have killed just about every superhero in North America and basically rule the continent, dividing people into three distinct groups -- human, mutant potential, and mutant -- and are preparing to spread that rule elsewhere. Other countries have warned that if this happens, they'll unleash their nuclear arsenals against them. To prevent worldwide nuclear holocaust, a few mutant survivors -- Magneto, Kitty Pryde, Colossus, Storm, and Wolverine among others -- concoct a plan to have Kitty exchange minds with her younger self in the early 80s to warn the X-Men about the "catalyst moment" that led to the bleak future: The assassination of Senator Robert Kelly. (He was featured in the first X-Men film -- captured by Magneto and turned into an "artificial" mutant who then subsequently died.)

Spinoff reports that the sequel "might" feature the giant robot Sentinels; if it doesn't, it'll be lame, quite frankly. But Mark Millar in the article mentions "time travel" and "robots," so who else would these robots be? Not only that, fans got a tantalizing taste of the Sentinels in X-Men 3's Danger Room scene, and the mutant-hunting robots have been an X-Men staple villain since the mutants' earliest adventures. It just makes pure sense to feature them.

Panels from Uncanny X-Men #141, "Days
of Future Past."

Posted by Hube at October 21, 2012 12:15 PM | TrackBack

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I also heard that the time travel bit would be used to clear up the continuity issues the film series has had since "Wolverine" and "First Class."

Posted by: Carl at October 21, 2012 05:01 PM

Really? Suits me fine!

Posted by: Hube at October 21, 2012 08:41 PM

Yeah, it would. I also heard that Fox was actually expressing interest in crossing X-Men over with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Posted by: Carl at October 21, 2012 10:58 PM